Food critic and photographer Warren Van Dam knows a thing or two about making the perfect hamburger and on his social media channels he has been offering some guides on burgers and there BBQ items. Leading on from what Warren has been doing we are going to offer some basic tips today on exactly how you can make a delicious hamburger for all occasions.
Everyone loves a burger and the truth is that it is a great go-to option when you get visitors or when you don’t have much time to prepare a meal. Let’s take a look at the essentials which you need in order to make that perfect burger.
The biggest mistake that so many people make when it comes to creating a hamburger is that they use poor quality cuts of meat. You should be looking to get some prime mince which is from sirloin, this is the best quality meat for putting together a burger patty. The process is really less complicated than many make out, and some light seasoning with the meat and high quality meat is enough to make the burger bind.
Another key mistake which so many make is that they pick the wrong kind of bread for the service of the hamburger. There is only one option here for the best burger and that is a tasty brioche roll. Another key component in getting the burger together is to ensure that you have toasted the roll lightly on both sides. This will ensure that the burger stays in tact and that the bread doesn’t come away as you bite through the burger.
When it comes to stacking the burger there is a method which you should pay attention to. Whilst lettuce adds freshness and crunch to the burger, it is also perfect at shielding the bread from the moisture inside both the meat, and the moisture from tomatoes and sauces that you add. Make sure then that when you stack the burger, the lettuce is the only ingredient which is touching the bread.
Additions to the Burger
There is always a temptation to go mad with extra burger fillings and add too many flavors. What you should really be looking to do however is to add very simple additions which compliment the meat, not which overpower it. This is why the likes of bacon in a burger make little sense, meat should rarely be dressed with other meat. The same thing goes for the cheese here, if you do add it, make sure that it is very high quality and that it is not too strong so that you can still actually taste that burger.
The key in reality is simplicity and that you focus on the quality of the ingredients and the simplicity of the flavors. High quality goods with some tender love and care is the best way to create the perfect hamburger at home.
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